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Female genital mutilation: the facts

This leaflet provides facts relating to female genital mutilation (FGM).



This leaflet provides facts on the practice of FGM, which is illegal in the UK. It covers:

  • those communities most at risk of practising FGM (sometimes known as ‘sunna’)
  • the legal situation in the UK
  • the signs that a girl may have undergone FGM
  • health consequences
  • what to do if you think someone is at risk
  • what to do if you are at risk
Published 20 April 2011
Last updated 5 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated email address in the leaflet
  2. Updated leaflet published.
  3. First published.